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Does anyone actually declorinate their water when they do water changes?

Basicly, I would like to know exactly what the name of this thread is.
Are you supposed to de-chlorinate your water when making water changes or not? I know it's alwayse a good idea to de-chlorinate it, but does the chlorien do any damage to your plants or not??
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I don't de-chlorinate my water, but some people use R.O water which they don't have to de-chlorinate.
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Since I do large water changes on my tanks I always treat my water. My tap water contains chloramines. Chloramines cause long term damage to the health of the fish. A bottle of Seachem Prime lasts a very long time and treats the water for pennies each water change.
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Since I do large water changes on my tanks I always treat my water. My tap water contains chloramines. Chloramines cause long term damage to the health of the fish. A bottle of Seachem Prime lasts a very long time and treats the water for pennies each water change.
Speaking of tanks, Rex I haven't got the chance to see your tank yet. Mind pointing me to a section where I can take a look?
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Well I don't post pictures of my tanks. Most of the time they are just jungles. I have 0 talent for making things look pretty. But I can grow them. I'm a farmer, not a landscaper. And both my tanks and my yard show that.
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Since I do large water changes on my tanks I always treat my water. My tap water contains chloramines. Chloramines cause long term damage to the health of the fish. A bottle of Seachem Prime lasts a very long time and treats the water for pennies each water change.
I use prime as well but I was wondering, do you put your replacement water in a container then add the prime to it and let it sit for a while, or do you just put the water in the tank and drop the prime straight in the tank?

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I dose Prime into the tank and fill the tank. I do follow the instructions and dose for total tank volume when doing so.
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For top-ups, I have added a gallon or less to a 20g tank untreated. I will rest the water overnight if I can, or add it unrested in this small an amount.

For a wc, I always dechlorinate. Most are 50% or better, the local water is treaed with chlorine, not chloramine, and for the last 2 years I have used sodium thiosulfate to dechlor. I use Rex's method of adding it directly to the tank, enough to do the entire volume. No problems to date.

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I treat my tapwater for shrimp and fish. I don't treat it when changing my turtle's water bc he's much hardier.
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I use Prime when I change my water. The water here in my area is pretty nasty so they dump a ton of chlorine and chloramine, as well as a phosphate buffer!!

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Stress Coat user here. I just dump some per tank volume and fill 'er up.
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If I only had plants I wouldn't treat my water. As far as I know, my tap water won't harm plants.

I do treat it because I have animals living in it. I treat for approximately however much water I'm adding in my smaller tank and just dump in a bunch in my larger tank periodically while refilling. It's possible that my tap water won't harm any of my animals, but they are housepets and I don't want to risk it. And not only are they beloved pets, they are too big to flush.
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I used to dechlor, but stopped a while back simply because I had run out of solution. In the past few months, I have not noted any adverse effects of using untreated tap water.
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Like most I used to be a strong believer in dechlorinating water during water changes. Someone pointed me towards an article (which after a short search, I could not find) that claimed during small (10-15%) frequent water changes it was not necessary and in fact could be beneficial to not dechlorinate. I haven't dechlorinated since and have seen no ill effects.

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Wonder what the benefits are. If you do locate the article any time, please post a link, Kyle.

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